Welcome to the CESAR Webstie. As Sultanate of Oman reach higher levels of economic growth, there is bound to be pressure on the resources arising from external drivers such as new investments, and internal drivers of increased population, rural–urban migration and a growing middle class with rising needs and aspirations, and the growth of industry, tourism, and settlements. These drivers will have impacts on the environment which, if unguided, may result in severe stress. Therefore, there is a need for evolving clear policies and sound technologies to guide development activity and environmental protection.
Dr. Mahad Said Baawain
environmental studies and research at Sultan Qaboos University. Our vision is to help various agencies of the government in their efforts to protect and maintain the nation’s pristine environmental resources through planned initiatives and research. We see environmental issues such as soil and water salinization; groundwater pollution; overgrazing; desertification; climate change and its consequences; loss of habitat; biodiversity conservation, etc. that need further study in the Sultanate.
CESAR has taken many steps over the years to fulfill its objectives even though it is constrained by limited staff and resources. Such activities include integrated research project on mountain ecosystem; study of thermal springs; maintaining and regular updating of Oman Bird database; creation of a database on fungi and related taxa in Oman; publication of books and environment research directory; holding of environment related workshops, seminars, international conferences; providing consultancy and advisory services; creation of electronic group mailing system (firstname.lastname@example.org), etc. CESAR has chalked out ambitious programs for the coming years and will keep our stakeholders involved and well wishers informed through various mechanisms including this website.